Nursing Home Abuse:

Indications of Abuse

Victims of nursing home abuse may not speak up about it for a number of reasons. Firstly, the nature of this type abuse is that it occurs in a supposedly safe place, leaving the victims especially confused and scared afterward. Secondly, assisted living facilities or nursing homes, by their nature, contain patients whose ability to determine or express the reality of their situation is severely limited. Nursing home abuse is often suspected and confronted by the patients' loved ones. If you have a loved one who is receiving care in a nursing home, keep watch for the following signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in various stages of healing
  • Bedsores or frozen joints
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident, delays in allowing visitors to see resident or not allowing resident to be alone with visitor
  • Resident being kept in an over-medicated state
  • Loss of resident's possessions
  • Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices
  • Abrupt changes in will or other financial document problems

If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible to preserve evidence and file a nursing home lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.